An act done to show the government what the people thinks of its actions.
It is also a call to arms, to show people that there are still fighters among the American people. The informant told authorities about allegedly communicating with Varnell via “Textlock,” an encryption app, and provided screenshots.
He said he “wanted to be a part of something and was of the same mind with people who wanted to use explosives and make a statement.” People adhering to that ideology were part of the Charlottesville white nationalist rally.
Varnell indicated he was still trying to build his ‘team,’” according to the complaint. When militias start getting formed I’m going after government officials when I have a team” and “I think I’m going to go with what the okc bomber used.
Diesel and anhydrous ammonia,” the complaint alleged.
“I can assure the public, without hesitation, that we had Varnell’s actions monitored every step of the way.” In another conversation, Varnell allegedly said, “I’m thinking we should do a couple buildings at once. In the span of a day.” The fake bomb was set up in a mini storage unit in El Reno, Oklahoma, and Varnell “actively participated in building” what he thought was a 1,000 bomb, the complaint alleges.
Varnell and the undercover informant conducted a “final rehearsal of the route.” On August 12, Varnell alone drove the cargo van, which he believed was stolen to Oklahoma City.
Another of his likes is for a page called “P*ssed Off White Americans.” The about me section of that page reads, “We are the sons and daughters of European Heritage, and we are tired of being treated as second class citizens. ” He also liked the sites “Right Wing News” and “Stop Pulling the Race Card” as well as sites on the Illuminati and militias.
A man who identified himself as Varnell’s brother wrote on Facebook, “My brother is schizophrenic and the FBI brought him the van loaded with explosives.
The arrest was “the culmination of a long-term domestic terrorism investigation involving an undercover operation, during which Varnell had been monitored closely for months as the alleged bomb plot developed,” the U. “The device was actually inert, and the public was not in danger,” the press release added.
“There was never a concern that our community’s safety or security was at risk during this investigation,” said Kathryn Peterson, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oklahoma.
Authorities also accuse Varnell of admiring Oklahoma City federal building bomber, Timothy Mc Veigh, according to The Post.
In April 2017, Varnell allegedly sent Facebook private messages that said people “were too complacent and didn’t have ‘balls,’” according to the complaint. However, Varnell was tricked with a fake bomb, authorities alleged.
The informant alleged to have observed on the Varnell property a “bunker” described as a large storage container box buried on three sides that Varnell allegedly said was a “multipurpose bunker with food and supplies.” Varnell allegedly said he created a hidden room in a house concealed behind a bookcase and “claimed he would use this area to hide” and grow marijuana.